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12-11-2012, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Blackhawkswincup View Post
NHL spent over a year trying to begin talks ,, It was Fehr that refused

NHL only had one option and that was lockout as keeping the past CBA wasn't viable for owners and they had legal right to terminate it

And Fehr's 94 strike is one of the reasons leagues lockout now as soon as CBA expires because it is not viable playing without a CBA in modern sports as Fehr helped usher in the strike to screw owners right before playoffs tactic

Of course the NHLPA used that tactic before as well in 1992

So given NHLPA/Fehr history a lockout was no doubt as there refusal to discuss CBA was sign that players were gearing up for a lockout
I can agree that Fehr held up the process, but to suggest that a lockout was the NHL's only option is *********. They could have negotiated like adults rather than petulant children. Their opening offer was a farce and a virtual declaration of war.

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